Waitonga Falls Track

Waitonga Falls Track


6 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

13 Ohakune

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Board walk across the tarns
View from Boardwalk
View of Falls from the lookout


Time: 2 hrs return

Waitonga Falls are Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall (39m) and are reached via a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka forest.

On clear calm days there are fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding countryside. You can see reflections of the mountain in the Rotokawa pools, part of an alpine wetland area.The track is rich in plant life, with mistletoe on the beech trees, and a variety of orchids along the banks. In the alpine wetland area, you can see sundews and bladderworts in addition to the usual larger vegetation of the bog.


Feature Value Info


North IslandRuapehuOhakune


  • Walking
  • Free


Denise Albrecht's avatar

Denise Albrecht


Ranking: 9/10

Good views of the mountain, nice waterfall, a bit too many climbs (very exhausting).

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Matthys van den Heuuel


Ranking: 8/10

We arrived late that day. So we did a short walk of 1 1/2 hrs. Also a great workout but it was worthwhile.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Veronica Warren


Ranking: 5/10

Decided to stop off and do quick 1.5 hour walk. Would like to re-name it Stairmaster 3000!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Lisette X


Ranking: 7/10

nice short walk to the waitonga falls. if like snow dont forget to drive all the way up the mountain to see and smell the snow.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Ranking: 8/10

Good little walk for those that don't want to commit to a full day. Beautiful waterfall at the end - and great to be able to make a return walk to the carpark.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

annett's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Short walk with Mt Ruapehu views and brilliant falls.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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